NEW YORK – Jasper 52 will offer a collection of antiquities and ancient art from around the Mediterranean in an online auction on Tuesday, Aug. 18, starting at 2 p.m. The selection is composed of sculptures, amulets, figures, idols and jewelry reflecting the art and cultures of the ancient world. Each of the 55 lots has been thoroughly checked and comes with a guarantee and a certificate of authenticity. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
Dating to the first century A.D. is a Roman drop shaped gold pendant, which has an oval cornelian stone intaglio engraved with the head of a man (above). The gold exhibits fine filigree work with granules and rope patterns. One of the top lots in the auction, it is expected to sell for $1,500-$2,500.
From about the same era is a small bronze figure of Hermes, the Greek mythological god of commerce, or his Roman counterpart Mercury (below). The figure stands about 2½ inches and shows superb quality and patina. He wears a pleated cloak over his shoulders and a petaesos, the winged helmet that symbolizes his other role as the messenger god, while holding a money bag in his right hand and a caduceus in the left (est. $1,200-$1,600).
A 6-inch-high marble portion of a Roman frieze depicts an eagle or falcon carved in high relief. The carving exhibits exquisite details of the head, feathers and claws. It dates to the second century and has a $1,400-$2,000 estimate.
Also from the second century is a Roman bronze lion head plaque, which measures a little over 2 inches square. The king of beasts is modeled in high relief, with incised details to the mane, fur, eyes and brows and open mouth. It came from a private UK collection and was acquired at Christie’s London auction in the 1980s (est. $600-$900).
Reeling through the years, the auction also features an eighth century Byzantine openwork gold ring. The flat hoop ring is decorated with four round medallions each with a Byzantine cross, the upper-middle and lower bands engraved with dots (est. $600-$900).
The Jasper 52 auction also features ancient glass and pottery vessels, Egyptian scarabs made of a variety of material and several Tibetan sutra manuscripts.
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